Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 21:39:42 GMT
> >Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 12:14:11 -0600
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: <email@example.com>
> > > > > When you say it "works" or "doesn't work" what do you mean?
> > > > > What does it do or doesn't do that you think it must do?
> > > > >
> > > > It provides those who adopt it with a higher average standard of
> > > > living than other models, just as democracy provides citizens
> > > > with a greater voice and more personal freedom than other models
> > > > (at least than any alternatives that have been tried).
> > >
> > > i think that above and beyond all that (which is somewhat
> > > subjective, wouldn't ya say?), capitalism and "democracy" (yet to
> > > be actually implemented, wouldn't ya say?) "work" because they
> > > have the dynamic capacity to adopt strategies "on the fly" to
> > > prevent other ideas from gaining enough footing to replace them.
> > > the reason americans are conned into making a duality (communist
> > > or capitalist, dictatorship or democracy) is because it keeps out
> > > other ideas and prevents the CREATION of new ones. it discourages,
> > > dissuades and otherwise destroys competition. the only reason
> > > these two ideas stand at the forefront is because they can infect
> > > more people, not because there is some qualitative superiority
> > > inherent in them.
> > >
> >I would phrase it another way; these systems are perpetually
> >evolutionary, and can change, in response to voter desires, to take
> >advantage of the novel ideas and opportunities that the voters wish
> >to implement. They are dynamic and evolutionary, rather than static
> >and fixed, and engage in continuous elaboration and experimentation.
> >Their futures are not dogmatically predetermined, so they can
> >effectively respond to the unexpected exigencies of an unfolding
> >history. And this is a GOOD thing.
> > >
> > > alfred
> > >
> What you call a thing doesn't always describe what it really is. The
> Chinese now call their system communism with Chinese (meaning
> capitalist) characteristics. But it has defenitely made a new country
> out of China over the past 20 years.
Economically, yes; we'll have to wait for the Tienanmen Square generation to completely mature into power and institute democratic reforms, particularly the vote, before the complementary political renewal can occur.
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